Sebelius called upon to resign after violating federal law

Washington D.C., Sep 16, 2012 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal investigative agency has determined that Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius has violated federal law by using her official position to advocate the re-election of President Obama, and the election of another Democratic candidate. The announcement has prompted calls from The Catholic Association for the secretary's resignation. “This shows yet again that her adherence to partisanship … [Read more...]

Pope: Lebanon can be beacon of religious co-existence

Beirut, Lebanon, Sep 16, 2012 / 01:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At his departure from Lebanon, Pope Benedict XVI said the religious co-existence the people of Lebanon showed during his three-day apostolic visit can become an inspiration and model for the rest of the Middle East.“In these troubled times, the Arab world and indeed the entire world will have seen Christians and Muslims united in celebrating peace,” said the Pope at Beirut’s Rafik Hariri Airport September … [Read more...]

Staying focused on Mass

Providence, R.I., Sep 16, 2012 / 01:03 pm (CNA).- The ring of a cell phone, cry of an infant parishioner, or medical emergency are unintended distractions that can often drive away the focus from the holy sacrifice of the Mass.The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “to set about hunting down distractions would be to fall into their trap, when all that is necessary is to turn back to our heart, for a distraction reveals to us what we are attached to. Therein lies the battle, … [Read more...]

In Lebanon, Pope calls for end to Syria conflict

Beirut, Lebanon, Sep 16, 2012 / 12:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has placed the Middle East under the “maternal protection” of Our Lady and has asked her to help bring peace to war-torn Syria and the entire region.“May God grant to your country, to Syria and to the Middle East the gift of peaceful hearts, the silencing of weapons and the cessation of all violence! May men understand that they are all brothers!” said the Pope in his midday Angelus address … [Read more...]

Pope asks Christians to be servants of peace

Beirut, Lebanon, Sep 16, 2012 / 11:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI told an open-air Mass in the Lebanese capital of Beirut that the Christians of the Middle East must be peacemakers in the often troubled region.“Dear brothers and sisters, I pray in particular that the Lord will grant to this region of the Middle East servants of peace and reconciliation, so that all people can live in peace and with dignity,” the Pope said to a congregation of over 350,000 gathered on … [Read more...]

Spanish archbishop St. Thomas of Villanova honored Sept. 22

Denver, Colo., Sep 16, 2012 / 07:03 am (CNA).- On Sept. 22, the Catholic Church remembers Saint Thomas of Villanova, a 16th century Spanish Augustinian monk and archbishop who lived a life of austerity in order to provide for the spiritual and material needs of his people.Born during 1488 in the Spanish region of Castile, in the town of Villanova de los Infantes, Thomas Garcia was raised to take after the faith and charitable works of his parents Alphonsus and Lucia. His father, a mill … [Read more...]